Making it clear
: Aboriginal perceptions of racism in mainstream health care

  • Curtis Roman

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU


    This study was about finding out if Aboriginal men in Darwin perceive racism when they are using mainstream health services and if so, ascertaining if these perceptions affect their utilisation of mainstream health services. The main aim of the study was to generate literature that does not appear in existing literature.

    Although some of the existing literature does show that Aboriginal people do experience racism in mainstream health care, the literature does not reveal much detail. The intention of this study was to fill this gap in the literature through perspectives of Aboriginal men and through the researcher’s daily observations of Aboriginal men using a mainstream health service.

    To gain this perspective the researcher wanted to be at a mainstream health service to see first-hand what participants discussed. To do this an ethnographic approach was used.

    The ethnographic component of the study was conducted in conjunction with semi-structured interviews with Aboriginal men and an extensive literature review. The outcomes of this were that Aboriginal men do perceive racism in mainstream health services and these perceptions affect the way they utilise mainstream health care providers. These affects impact on Aboriginal men’s decision to use the health service, influences how long they are at the health service and when they leave, and also influences how they behave and interact with staff at the health service.

    The researcher believes this study and the outcomes it has produced will provide people involved in health care delivery in the Darwin area and involved in health research in the Darwin area with a valuable yet concealed insight into health care for Aboriginal men.

    Note: Thesis contains culturally or commercially sensitive content that requires indefinite restricted access.
    Date of AwardApr 2012
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorAllan Arnott (Supervisor)

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